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The Bottleneck Rules by Clarke Ching

The full title of this book by Clarke Ching is

The Bottleneck Rules: The Go-To Guide to Eli Goldratt’s Theory of Constraints (TOC) and his Business Novel ‘The Goal’

In my review posted on Amazon.co.uk, I gave the book a 5 Stars rating. This means it is Excellent.

Here is my book review.

Very clear explanation of the importance of recognising bottlenecks and constraints

This short book is written to introduce the idea of bottlenecks (constraints) to a wider public.

There have been business novels in the past, starting with the brilliant book “The Goal” by Eliyahu Goldratt and Jeff Cox, which have vividly shown how identifying and managing constraints has a dramatic effect on performance of a business. There have also been very advanced, technical books that go deeply into the details.

This book goes shows you how constraints impact on your everyday life and how you can resolve them.

The book is written around the acronym of FOCCCUS (which is an adaptation of Goldratt’s five focusing steps if you’re familiar with TOC). The F is for find the bottleneck.

The irritating thing about bottlenecks (I prefer the word constraints) is that they are obvious after you’ve identified them but not so clear when you’re up to your neck in the chaos they cause. As you read the book, the examples feel so obvious you wonder how anyone could miss them.

Just remember any system that doesn’t achieve its goal, must have a bottleneck. Something (or someone) is limiting its performance.

As a 30 year believer in TOC, I’ve recognised that it’s quite a hard concept to explain clearly once you get past the level of a few sentences.

This book takes up that challenge and does it beautifully. My only criticism is that the author tries to be quirky and funny in places and it might irritate some people.

You can buy the book from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com


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